25/03/2019

Appeal After ATM Stolen In Co Fermanagh

Detectives are investigating after thieves used a digger to rip an ATM from a shop in County Fermanagh.

A filling station on the Dromore Road, Irvinestown was targeted at around 4.05am on Sunday morning, 24 March.

Police believe the digger, which was set alight after the theft, was stolen from a nearby building site. A trailer was then used to remove the machine from the scene.

Detective Sergeant Brian Reid said: "We are investigating whether this ATM theft is linked to any other recent thefts and I want to make a number of appeals today. 

"Were you in the Dromore Road, Irvinestown area between 3:30am and 4:10am? Did you see what happened? Did you notice any vehicles being driven in a suspicious manner in the Irvinestown? 
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"If you have information which you think could help our investigation, please pick up the phone and call detectives in Omagh CID by calling 101, quoting reference 306 of 24/03/19."

A Sinn Fein representative for the area, Siobhán Currie, condemned those responsible for the ATM theft which caused the family run business to close to allow the investigation to continue.

Ms Currie said: "This is yet another attack on our rural communities. The shop is closed as a result.

"McAleer's, on the Dromore Road, is a family owned business which provides a vital service for the community.

"I would urge the PSNI to increase resources to their dedicated task-force probing ATM thefts in order to tackle this latest spate of robberies in our area. Similar attacks have recently been carried out in Omagh and Killyclogher and several others in recent years."

Jemma Dolan MLA continued: "I would urge anyone with any information to bring it forward to the PSNI to help catch those responsible."

Details can also be passed by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



(JG/CM)

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